A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Lexa Bear™ is a patent pending smart toy designed to work with the Amazon Echo Dot and highly adapted for use with bluetooth enabled devices like mobile phones or tablets. It can also be used with other voice controlled digital assistants like siri or Google assistant. Fine tuned audio circuitry allows Lexa Bear to adapt it’s speaking patterns to a wide range of voices, vocals, or sound clips. Lexa Bear can speak or sing to any sound it’s given but is sophisticated enough to tune into the human vocal range. Because of this designed adaptability, Lexa Bear works with thousands of ever expanding skills or audio apps and more and more are being created around the world everyday. Just plug in an echo dot or connect to your bluetooth device to give Lexa Bear it’s voice … and start having fun!
Official Press Release:
New Talking Lexa Bear Turns Your Digital Assistant Into Your Forever Friend
Bringing true interactivity and fuzzy cuteness to your Amazon Echo Dot, Siri, and Google Home Mini
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Wetwire Robotics today announced they are launching the first in a new line of smart toys geared towards digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa devices. The first model is called Lexa Bear and is a talking teddy bear that is designed to hold an Echo Dot or connect with any Bluetooth device like a mobile phone or tablet. Wetwire Robotics has designed the bear to synchronize its mouth movements in real time to the human voice. It is not limited to pre-recorded audio and can speak with about any audio it’s connected to.
A 2017 study by Accenture recently found that 46 percent of U.S. consumers are using voice-enabled digital assistants. As digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are growing in popularity and abilities, many new and better ways are being developed to interface with the technology.
“It was really exciting when we showed the first talking bears speaking for Alexa to kids and even adults,” said Victor Wong, Creator and CEO, Wetwire Robotics. “We saw how much more engaged and alive the technology can be.”
Wetwire Robotics goals are to humanize access to digital assistants and AI technology into forms that people can relate to and embrace in their daily lives. Realizing technology is constantly growing and improving, Wetwire began working on Lexa Bear as an interface. Since it is not hard coded with programmed sounds and activities, but can respond in real time, Lexa Bear can continue to grow in its abilities.
“We realized early on that Lexa Bear had to be able to not only react to any audio it was connected to but it also had to focus its mouth response to the human voice,” said Travis Redding, lead developer and President, Wetwire Robotics. “It was really challenging to get Lexa to be able to sing mostly the vocals and not react to the music it was hearing. Now Lexa Bear has a speaking voice and can sing to music too.”
Lexa Bear™ already has all of the skills of the Echo Dot it’s paired with such as telling jokes, stories, trivia, games, teaching, singing, and solving problems. When paired with a Bluetooth device, Lexa Bear can talk using any audio producing app. As skills and apps are added every day from around the world, people and families are integrating digital assistants into their daily lives and can add those abilities to Lexa Bear as they develop over time.
Risks and challenges
There are risks and challenges with every project. One of the best ways to mitigate risk is from experience. The Lexa Bear development team includes WETWIRE founder Travis Redding and long time collaborator/engineer Justin Moon. Both Travis and Justin are Kickstarter veterans having successfully funded and fully shipped to happy backers.
The proven strategy from the previous Kickstarter was to eliminate as much development risk prior to launching a campaign. So that we could make sure Lexa Bear was everything we hoped it would achieve, we worked through all of the technical challenges prior introducing it to the world. Alot of mechanical, electrical and audio engineering went into giving Lexa Bear the ability to speak and sing to a wide range of provided audio resulting in all of the necessary technology being fully working and tested.
Before having a ship able product, we still need to have some production tooling made and order a sample run of PCB's. Again, we have over a decade of manufacturing experience both offshore and domestic with an extensive history working with some of the same suppliers that we are using for the full Lexa Bear production.
You receive a Lexa Bear™. Once it arrives, you just need to provide an Echo Dot or connect over bluetooth and hear Lexa Bear™ speak for the first time! (Retail $149)
International shipping is USPS first class